History tells us that cannabis has been cultivated and used by human beings for a variety of purposes for approximately 5,000 years. Which is precisely why campaigners for legalisation find it hard to believe that cannabis in all its forms remains entirely illegal in so many advanced nations worldwide.
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What Are Landrace Strains?
Anyone with a vested interest in cannabis will of course be aware of a comparatively rare category of cannabis strains known as landrace seeds, which includes legendary cultivars such as Colombian Gold, Durban Poison, and the legendary Afghan Kush. In terms of what it actually means, the term “landrace” is used in reference to the limited number of surviving cannabis strains that evolved naturally in the geographic region in which they were discovered by human beings in the 20th century. As far as most experts are concerned, there are no less than around 100 landrace strains still in existence.
Landrace seeds come from a wide variety of regions on a global basis, including Central America, Pakistan, Africa, Afghanistan, Mexico and Jamaica. Nevertheless, many believe that their origins can be traced back to the Hindu Kush region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is one of the reasons why a lot of strains include the ‘Kush’ term within their names.
The Origins of All Modern Strains
Of course, the detailed history and science of cannabis isn’t always of great interest to the average cannabis user. But it should be – anyone who grows or uses cannabis these days for any purpose should understand the significance of landrace cannabis seeds. Why? It’s simple really – the cultivars represent the original cannabis strains and are therefore the origins of all of modern strains across the board. It is these naturally occurring and evolving cannabis strains that made it possible for the world to embrace cannabis culture and begin cultivating and cross-breeding various cultivars for medicinal and recreational purposes alike. Or to put it another way, had there been no landrace strains, there would be no cannabis whatsoever.
It was when the very first breeders took landrace seeds from their regions of origin and began cross-breeding them that the cannabis scene as we know it today officially began.
Specimens with the strongest resistance to disease and infestation were combined with those that showed signs of fast and flowering times and more generous yields. Slowly but surely, cannabis cultivators learn how to combine the benefits of various weed strains into one or more hybrids, while at the same time eradicating common problems and genetic flaws.
Lost in Time
While it’s impossible to verify the thought with any hard evidence, it can nonetheless be said without any shadow of a doubt that any number of landrace strain seeds have been lost in time forever. Breeders simply weren’t interested in preserving them in their original forms, therefore set about the process of cross-breeding them with other strains and diluting their genetics along the way.
Despite the fact that many producers label their cannabis seeds and strains as ‘pure’, this is often something of a misrepresentation. Unless the strain in question hasn’t been cross-bred with any other strain whatsoever over the generations, it cannot be considered pure. Hence the reason why truly pure Landrace strains are incredibly rare and considered prestigious by cannabis connoisseurs.
Why have cannabis breeders allowed pure Landrace strains to disappear from existence? As mentioned, it all comes down to the ongoing quest to produce bigger, better and stronger cultivars than ever before.
For example, many breeders focus on little other than concentrating the levels of THC or CDB within any given hybrid. Others are more interested in producing cannabis that has specific effects for medical applications. Given the fact that pure landrace seeds were technically considered ‘imperfect’ to one extent or another, breeders set about a process of continually attempting to refine and ultimately perfect them.
The Connoisseur’s Choice
On one hand, you could argue that the traditional landrace strains are technically inferior to the kinds of extraordinary hybrids that are being cooked up by leading engineers today. The good news is that many of the Landrace varieties we have within our collection here at Seed Supreme are some of the most outstanding cannabis strains in recent history – Landrace or otherwise.
Just a few examples of the kinds of strains we highly recommend checking out include:
- Brazil Amazonia
- Colombian Gold
- Durban Poison
- Gorilla Glue #4
- Fruity Thai
- White Widow
- Purple Haze
- Nepalese Highland.
Chances are you’ll have already experienced plenty of Landrace seeds at some point or another, perhaps without ever realizing they fell into this important historic category. But given the fact that we owe the entire cannabis scene of today to original Landrace strains from all over the world, showing at least a little respect is something everyone should be doing!
Selecting the Best Seeds
Here at Seed Supreme, we work exclusively with the most outstanding seed banks and sellers on a global basis, in order to guarantee the total package of superior quality and value for money with every purchase. Whether looking to cultivate cannabis legally for recreational or medicinal purposes, we can provide you with the most reliable seeds money can buy.
For more information on any of our products or to discuss anything to do with seeds, reach out to a member of the Seed Supreme customer service team today.